Energy to Care is a free benchmarking program created by the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) that health care organizations can use to track and measure their energy-saving efforts throughout the year. Greater energy savings frees more resources that can be directly applied toward patient care.

Energy to Care also includes an award program that recognizes hospitals for their energy-efficiency achievements. In 2017 approximately 50 hospitals were awarded ASHE’s Energy to Care Award, however up to 150 hospitals also were eligible but did not apply.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get the recognition you deserve. Applications for Energy to Care Awards are due April 1, and the process is short and simple.

The award is based on weather normalized source Energy Use Intensity (EUI) and not on an individual facility’s Energy Star score. You’ll need to share facility information and source EUI, both of which are found in your Portfolio Manager account. Facilities using 2015 as a base year must show a 15 percent energy use decrease from 2015 to 2017 to qualify for an award. Facilities using 2016 as a base year must show a 10 percent decrease from 2016 to 2017. Previous Energy to Care Award winners must show a 5 percent or greater reduction in EUI to qualify for another award. The performance year for all Energy to Care awards is 2017. 

Make sure your data are accurate and complete in Portfolio Manager and have a peer reviewer check and sign off on the data. The peer review must be completed by an ASHE member or by an ASHE chapter.

Following these few simple steps will place your facility under consideration for the Energy to Care Awards in 2018.

Join us Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 12 pm CST for an informational session on completing your Energy to Care award application. This webinar will show you where to find the weather normalized source EUI in your Portfolio Manager account as well as provide a step-by-step guide to help fill out the application.  

ASHE’s Energy to Care Award is your chance to be acknowledged for the hard work your facility does every day to reduce costs. Learn more at the Energy to Care website.